There are a few ground rules for participation in our community. Please respect these rules, and each other.
No personal attacks. Do not feel compelled to defend your honor in public.
Stay on topic in Forums.
Please pay attention to the topic of your messages, and check that it still relates to its parent. Off-topic discussion not taken to private email is eligible for removal.
Be kind to newcomers.
Newcomers may be annoying. But lots of valued contributors started out this way, and treating newcomers kindly makes them more likely to turn into the valuable community members we all know and love.
So while you don’t have to humor them or suffer them gladly, and it’s fine to point out when they make mistakes, point newcomers in the right direction in addition to turning them away from the wrong ones, and be kind to them in the process of correcting their transgressions.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
It’s tempting to revisit controversial decisions you disagree with, but it’s rarely productive to do so, since it almost always results in the same heated, lengthy, and time/energy draining discussions leading to the same conclusion that was reached in the last round.
Therefore, for issues already raised, discussed, and decided upon, reopen the discussion only if you have significant new information that would reasonably prompt reconsideration of the original decision.
Spam is a blight upon the face of the net. Nobody likes it. However, it is hard to avoid. Despite our best efforts, you will occasionally see spam on our site. However, don’t forget that complaining about spam in public increases noise, but not signal. It may make you feel better, but it doesn’t help.
Identify your subject matter.
Not everyone has time reading all forum and wiki postings. To ensure that your message reach the right people at timely manner, identify your subject matter clearly in the subject line. Subjects like a
problemare not very helpful.
No unsubscribe messages.
Unfortunately, this bears repeating.
No test messages.
Please do not send test messages to the forum. You can, however, create test pages on the Wiki, but please don’t forget to delete them after you finish learning.